Sentinel Inc’s Identilock Now Shipping

Sentinel, Inc. has announced the Identilock firearms locking system is now shipping and available through Cabela’s. The gun locking system is unique in its approach to firearms access leaving the locked handgun accessible except for the locked and covered trigger guard. The Identilock is unlocked using common fingerprint readers which is accessed by the trigger finger, which Sentinel claims is read and unlocked in less than 300 milliseconds (or .3 seconds for those on the Imperial system).

The locking system is capable of up to three separate users. For ease of mind and lack of power, the Identilock is charged in just four hours on any Type-C charging outlet. The internal batteries will last up to 180 days or about 6 months on the charge.


I, for one, like the open design and use of the trigger finger as the unlocking mechanism. However, the angle to reach the sensor is a bit awkward. With modern training techniques, I would like to see it straight and off the trigger, if not above the trigger guard.

MSRP for the Identilock is pegged at $239. While Sentinel has various adapters in the works for the majority of handgun models, only the following are available at launch:

  • • S&W-A1 (Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm/.40)
  • • S&W-B1 (Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm, SDS9)
  • • 1911-A1 (1911 Clones)
  • • SIG-A1 (Sig Sauer P226 & P229)
  • • GLK-A1 (Glock-Double Stack)

• Dimensions: 4″x5″x1.5″
• Weight: 0.5 lbs
• Battery Rechargeable Li-Ion
• Type-C USB Charging Port
• 360° Fingerprint Recognition
• Constructed of high-strength, impact-resistant polymer
• LED Indicators
• Key Lock Cover

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Jason

    Maybe I might like it. Pondering…

  • MrBrassporkchop

    Lol should ask the NFA if it makes it an AOW even if it can’t fire.

  • RSG

    I’m thinking that the ATF and Obama’s secret service detail should be forced to use these exclusively as the test trials over the next few years. You know, for viability purposes. And after the 5 years are up, perhaps force them to exclusively use the inevitable smart guns.

    • Anonymoose

      He’s not even in power anymore…just let the jerk retire and fade from history.

      • Scott

        Unfortunately, like his Democrat predecessors (Clinton and Carter), Obama doesn’t have the class to retire like GWB.

        • Trevor

          I agree, people that retire should not be seen nor heard from again.

    • pablo4twenty

      and pelosi’s and shummer’s bodyguards

  • Jeff

    A $240 trigger lock. No thanks. From the user manual: “Always verify that your firearm is unloaded before installing IDENTILOCK. Attempts to use this product on a loaded gun may result in accidental discharge. … Prevent exposure to moisture and direct sunlight.

    • Dougscamo

      Yep! Can’t wait (sarcasm) to see how many NDs occur while putting this baby on….

      • Ebby123

        Not many – because no one’s going to buy a $240 trigger lock. 😛

        • Dougscamo

          Roger that….

    • fishydude

      States that mandate trigger locks also mandate that the guns be stored unloaded with the ammunition in a separate locked container whether not there are children in the home. In MA, it is illegal to have a pistol on the nightstand ready for home defense.
      I keep mine chambered and in a holster on my nightstand. Holstered to protect against hands swinging while sleeping 😀
      Can’t do that in MA.

      • M40

        Products like this should be shunned by the shooting community as a whole. The left WILL jump on these kinds of devices and try to make them mandatory.
        And TFB really shouldn’t be giving them any free advertising by writing about them either. This is a product better left to fade away into obscurity.

        • fishydude

          A firearms forum I used to go on got sold to company that is majority own by a blatantly anti-gun media corporation. Nearly everyone left the forum. Has more bot posts than real ones now.

  • noob

    I don’t see a gun lock here. I see the world’s most expensive retention holster.

  • PistolPete037

    6 months of battery life. Long enough for you to forget about it when you need it 7 months later. Also, those fingerprint scanners don’t always work when you need them to.

  • Raptor Fred

    How long does it take to remove this device with a sledge hammer? For when you lose the keys and it runs out of batteries. Anaaand Damn! No Hi-Point compatibility , count me out.

  • D

    Biometric fingerprint readers are a terrible idea for gun safety.

    The won’t read if your fingers are wet, bloody, greasy, dirty or cut.

  • Martingard

    Great idea if you have a ruggy or hateful wife in the house.

  • fishydude

    No sane gun owner would ever buy this. Finger print reader DO NOT WORK reliably. If your fingers are damp, dirty, sweaty they don’t work.
    The finger print reader on my phone often fails to to read my finger and usually takes more than one contact.
    But that won’t stop CA, MA and NJ from mandating that this lock be sold with every gun.

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  • B Hawk

    When your door is kicked in at 2 in the morning by a shotgun-wielding scumbag, do you really want your life to depend on your gun lock reading your fingerprint?